HSK Program Overview
The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or Chinese Proficiency Test is the national standardized test developed by the HSK Center to assess Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities). The HSK is divided into three categories: beginning level (HSK Basic), elementary to intermediate level (HSK Elementary-Intermediate), and advanced level (HSK Advanced). Three categories form a comprehensive testing system. As a test of general language proficiency, HSK is not based on any particular textbook or course of study. Candidates may refer to any textbook to prepare for the test.
HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year. Certificates of HSK will be issued to those who have earned the required scores. The State Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test under the Ministry of Education supervises the issuance of certificates.